The Eerdmans Theology & Biblical Studies Collection brings together forty volumes examining a wide variety of topics, theological, biblical, and historical. Ranging from commentaries to studies of recent theologians and from ethics to biblical hermeneutics, each volume includes thoughtful and compelling discussion. Gain new insights into biblical theology, evangelism, or church history. Understand better how John the Apostle presented the life of Jesus the Messiah in his Gospel. All together, these volumes represent some of the best of the William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company.
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This work by Stephen B. Chapman offers a robustly theological and explicitly Christian reading of 1 Samuel. Chapman’s commentary reveals the theological drama at the heart of that biblical book as it probes the tension between civil religion and vital religious faith through the characters of Saul and David.
Many people talk about theological interpretation of the Old Testament as Christian Scripture, but Stephen Chapman does it—with style and a beautiful pen—and makes it look easy. Rarely have I been so moved, informed, and delighted as I was in reading this book. Chapman’s exposition of 1 Samuel as treating the threat that civil religion poses to genuine heart piety, his negotiation of matters historical and literary and theological, and his bibliography (is there anything he hasn't read?) are simply remarkable. And his christological reading of the tragedy of King Saul? Absolutely stunning.
—Brent A. Strawn, Emory University
Stephen B. Chapman is associate professor of Old Testament at Duke Divinity School, director of graduate studies in religion at Duke University, and an ordained American Baptist minister.
New Testament scholar Johannes Beutler brings together a lifetime of study and reflection in this acclaimed commentary, first published in German in 2013 and now available to English-speaking audiences for the first time. Moving through the Gospel of John with a careful and critical eye, Beutler engages the relevant primary and secondary sources; summarizes the existing discussion; and presents syntactic, semantic, and pragmatic analyses of the text.
As he meticulously examines the Fourth Gospel, Beutler pays special attention to the influence of Old Testament and Early Jewish traditions, to the overall structure of the Gospel of John, and to evidence suggesting a later stratum of contextualized "re-readings" in the composition of the Gospel. Bold, literary, and theological, this volume represents a landmark work of German biblical scholarship.
Displaying notably solid judgment and lucid insight, the lifetime Johannine study of one of Europe’s leading New Testament scholars is now available to the English-speaking world in this clear and accessible form. By interpreting the Fourth Gospel’s synchronicity of tradition within a diachronicity of situation, Johannes Beutler not only illumines our understandings of John’s message for its original audiences; he also unveils its meanings helpfully for readers today. A must-read for John’s interpreters
—Paul N. Anderson, George Fox University
Johannes Beutler is professor emeritus of New Testament exegesis at the Sankt Georgen Graduate School of Philosophy and Theology, Frankfurt am Main, and the Pontifical Biblical Institute, Rome.
This beautiful volume of reflections by Marilyn Chandler McEntyre is for family members and friends who are doing the life-changing work of accompanying someone on the final stretch of his or her journey. In quiet counterpoint to our hurried lives, A Long Letting Go invites caregivers to slow down for reflection and prayer as they prepare to say goodbye to a beloved friend or family member and grieve that loss. Based on McEntyre’s personal and professional experience with the dying, these gentle meditations—each consisting of a short opening quote, a reflection, and a prayer—offer comfort, direction, hope, and respite to caregivers during a difficult season of their lives.
Marilyn Chandler McEntyre is a dedicated list-maker and the award-winning author of books on language and faith, including What's in a Phrase? Pausing Where Scripture Gives You Pause (winner of a Christianity Today 2015 Book Award in Spirituality), Word by Word: A Daily Spiritual Practice, and Caring for Words in a Culture of Lies.
Counterbalancing the recent trend toward early high Christology in such scholars as Richard Bauckham, Simon Gathercole, and Richard Hays, Kirk here thoroughly unpacks the humanity of Jesus as understood by Gospel writers whose language is rooted in the religious and literary context of early Judaism. Without dismissing divine Christologies out of hand, Kirk argues that idealized human Christology is the best way to read the Synoptic Gospels, and he explores Jesus as exorcist and miracle worker within the framework of his humanity.
With wide-ranging exegetical and theological insight that sheds startling new light on familiar Gospel texts, A Man Attested by God offers up-to-date, provocative scholarship that will have to be reckoned with.
Martin Luther, the Augustinian friar who set the Protestant Reformation in motion with his famous Ninety-Five Theses in October 1517, was a man of extremes on many fronts. He was both hated and honored, both reviled as a heretic and lauded as a latter-day apostle. This superb translation of Thomas Kaufmann’s popular German biography highlights the two conflicting “natures” of Martin Luther, depicting Luther’s earthiness as well as his soaring theological contributions, his flaws as well as his greatness.
Pens began to scribble whenever Martin Luther spoke. And, five hundred years later, those pens have still not stopped. Among the many Luther biographies available, however, this one is truly memorable and unique. It is simply written, yet not oversimplified; robust in scholarship, yet welcoming to many readers. Although it is a short life of Martin Luther, this book will cast a long shadow for generations.
—A. Trevor Sutton, author of Being Lutheran
Thomas Kaufmann is professor of theology at the University of Göttingen.
Anthony Thiselton’s scholarly book The Holy Spirit—In Biblical Teaching, through the Centuries, and Today was published to wide acclaim in 2013 and received a 2014 Christianity Today Book Award. This shorter volume makes Thiselton’s vast biblical-theological knowledge and brilliant insight more accessible to more readers.
A lucid introduction to the doctrine of the Holy Spirit by one of the leading biblical exegetes and theologians of our time…The magisterial way in which Thiselton integrates engagement not only with the biblical and theological material but also with the current issues and debates in the church makes this resource invaluable for students and interested laypeople alike. Very highly recommended!
—Alan J. Torrance, author of Persons in Communion: Trinitarian Description and Human Participation
Anthony C. Thiselton is professor of Christian Theology at the University of Nottingham. He holds three doctorates (Ph.D, D.D., D.D) and has published important works on 1 Corinthians and hermeneutics. He has done research on modern theology, philosophy of religion, and the application of philosophy of language to biblical studies.
In this book William Morrow surveys four major law collections in Exodus–Deuteronomy and shows how they each enabled the people of Israel to create and sustain a community of faith. Treating biblical law as dynamic systems of thought facilitating ancient Israel’s efforts at self-definition, Morrow describes four different social contexts that gave rise to biblical law: Israel at the holy mountain (the Ten Commandments); Israel in the village assembly (Exodus 20:22–23:19); Israel in the courts of the Lord (priestly and holiness rules in Exodus, Leviticus, and Numbers); and Israel in the city (Deuteronomy).
It is hard to imagine a clearer or more accessible introduction to biblical law. This is the product of a mature voice that offers a significant bridge between careful scholarship and theologically engaged readers. An impressive achievement.
—Bernard M. Levinson, University of Minnesota
William S. Morrow is professor of Hebrew and Hebrew Scriptures at Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario. His previous books include Protest against God: The Eclipse of a Biblical Tradition.
The Beauty of the Infinite is a splendid extended essay in “theological aesthetics.” David Bentley Hart here meditates on the power of a Christian understanding of beauty and sublimity to rise above the violence — both philosophical and literal — characteristic of the postmodern world.
The book begins by tracing the shifting use and nature of metaphysics in the thought of Kant, Hegel, Nietzsche, Heidegger, Lyotard, Derrida, Deleuze, Nancy, Levinas, and others. Hart pays special attention to Nietzsche’s famous narrative of the “will to power” — a narrative largely adopted by the world today — and he offers an engaging revision (though not rejection) of the genealogy of nihilism, thereby highlighting the significant “interruption” that Christian thought introduced into the history of metaphysics.
This discussion sets the stage for a retrieval of the classic Christian account of beauty and sublimity, and of the relation of both to the question of being. Written in the form of a dogmatica minora, this main section of the book offers a pointed reading of the Christian story in four moments, or parts: Trinity, creation, salvation, and eschaton. Through a combination of narrative and argument throughout, Hart ends up demonstrating the power of Christian metaphysics not only to withstand the critiques of modern and postmodern thought but also to move well beyond them.
Strikingly original and deeply rewarding, The Beauty of the Infinite is both a constructively critical account of the history of metaphysics and a compelling contribution to it.
I can think of no more brilliant work by an American theologian in the past ten years.
—William C. Placher in The Christian Century
David Bentley Hart is a philosopher, theologian, writer, and cultural commentator who has taught at the University of Virginia, Duke University, and the University of Notre Dame. His other books include A Splendid Wickedness and Other Essays and Atheist Delusions: The Christian Revolution and Its Fashionable Enemies, which was awarded the Michael Ramsey Prize in Theology in 2011.
Since the publication of the groundbreaking volume Missional Church in 1998, there has been wide-ranging engagement with the theme of the missional church. One of the leading voices in the missional church conversation, Darrell Guder, lays out basic theological issues that must be addressed for the church to serve God faithfully as Christ’s witnessing people.
Guder argues that there are major consequences for every classical theological locus if the fundamental claims of the missional church discussion are acknowledged. In Called to Witness, he delves into these consequences, saying that we need to keep doing missional theology until it is possible to leave off the “missional scaffolding” because, after all, mission defines the very essence and calling of the church.
Among the voices in the contemporary missional church movement, Darrell Guder is the grand master of the ‘missional theology’ undergirding the conversation. . . . This volume gathers up the essays by which he has prodded, provoked, nudged, and stirred the theological academy toward rooting itself in the fundamental, course-altering recognition of the mission of God and the missional nature of the church. A must-read for all who care about enriching the missional identity and practice of the church.
—George R. Hunsberger, professor of missiology, Western Theological Seminary
Darrell L. Guder is Henry Winters Luce Professor Emeritus of Missional and Ecumenical Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary. He is also the author of Missional Church: A Vision for the Sending of the Church in North America.
Abraham Kuyper (1837-1920) — pastor, theologian, journalist, politician — is highly regarded as exemplifying how a Christian worldview can be confidently expressed in both theory and practice. Honoring the spirit of Kuyper’s legacy, The Kuyper Center Review annually publishes substantial essays that relate the tradition of Reformed theology to issues of public life.
Few themes are more directly related to Kuyper’s thought than that of church and academy. The essays in this volume examine Kuyper’s vision for a distinctively Christian university and consider what it means today, especially in light of how secularized the Netherlands has become since Kuyper’s time. The contributors explore Kuyper’s understanding of church and academy by placing it in a broader intellectual and theological context and drawing comparisons with other notable theological thinkers. Taken together, these essays show that much can still be learned from Kuyper and his contemporaries.
A notable collection of essays, providing a glimpse of how Kuyper might interact with contemporary issues related to the church and the academy.
—Christian Scholar’s Review
Gordon Graham is Henry Luce III Professor of Philosophy and the Arts at Princeton Theological Seminary and author of The Re-enchantment of the World: Art versus Religion and Philosophy of the Arts: An Introduction to Aesthetics.
In their acclaimed, much-used Church History, James Bradley and Richard Muller lay out guidelines, methods, and basic reference tools for research and writing in the fields of church history and historical theology. Over the years, this book has helped countless students define their topics, locate relevant source materials, and write quality papers.
This revised, expanded, and updated second edition includes discussion of Internet-based research, digitized texts, and the electronic forms of research tools. The greatly enlarged bibliography of study aids now includes many significant new resources that have become available since the first edition's publication in 1995. Accessible and clear, this introduction will continue to benefit both students and experienced scholars in the field.
While Bradley and Muller show how hard it is to learn the craft, they help the apprentice considerably.
Richard A. Muller is the P.J. Zondervan Professor for Doctoral Studies in Historical Theology at Calvin Theological Seminary. He acquired an MDiv from Union Theological Seminary and a PhD from Duke University. His many books include A Dictionary of Latin and Greek Theological Terms and Post-Reformation Reformed Dogmatics.
The culmination of a lifetime’s scholarly work, this pioneering study by Sister Prudence Allen traces the concept of woman in relation to man in Western thought from ancient times to the present. In her third and final volume Allen covers the years 1500–2015, continuing her chronological approach to individual authors and also offering systematic arguments to defend certain philosophical positions over against others.
Building on her work from Volumes I and II, Allen draws on four “communities of discourse”—Academic, Humanist, Religious, and Satirical—as she traces several recurring strands of sex and gender identity from the Renaissance to the present. Now complete, Allen’s magisterial study is a valuable resource for scholars and students in the fields of women’s studies, philosophy, history, theology, literary studies, and political science.
This book is a gift to the twenty-first century, given how much confusion remains over the meaning and value of being a woman! Nowhere else can a reader find a more thorough or intellectually rigorous examination of the concept of woman, in a text seamlessly integrating philosophy, theology, and culture.
—Helen M. Alvaré, George Mason University
Prudence Allen is professor of philosophy at St. John Vianney Theological Seminary. She has spent more than 25 years engaged in research on the concept of woman in relation to the concept of man in philosophy.
We live in a time of great racial strife and global conflict. How do we work toward healing, reconciliation, and justice among all people, regardless of race or gender? In Embracing the Other Grace Ji-Sun Kim demonstrates that it is possible only through God’s Spirit.
Working from a feminist Asian perspective, Kim develops a new constructive global pneumatology that works toward gender and racial-ethnic justice. She draws on concepts from Asian and indigenous cultures to reimagine the divine as “Spirit God” who is restoring shalom in the world. Through the power of Spirit God, Kim says, our brokenness is healed and we can truly love and embrace the other.
Grace Ji-Sun Kim continues to offer us insightful and original work that makes a difference in both the church and the academy, a rare accomplishment in the scholarly world. This book shows the growing impact of her fresh voice — prophetic, priestly, and practical.
—Dwight N. Hopkins, University of Chicago
Grace Ji-Sun Kim is associate professor of theology at Earlham School of Religion and a regular blogger on The Huffington Post. Her other books include The Grace of Sophia: A Korean North American Women’s Christology; The Holy Spirit, Chi, and the Other: A Model of Global and Intercultural Pneumatology; and Contemplations from the Heart: Spiritual Reflections on Family, Community, and the Divine.
This fifth and final volume of Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen’s ambitious five-volume systematic theology develops a constructive Christian eschatology and ecclesiology in dialogue with the Christian tradition, with contemporary theology in all its global and contextual diversity, and with other major living faiths—Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, and Hinduism.
In Part One of the book Kärkkäinen discusses eschatology in the contexts of world faiths and natural sciences, including physical, cosmological, and neuroscientific theories. In Part Two, on ecclesiology, he adopts a deeply ecumenical approach. His proposal for greater Christian unity includes the various dimensions of the church’s missional existence and a robust dialogical witness to other faith communities.
Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen is professor of systematic theology at Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California, and docent of ecumenics at the University of Helsinki, Finland. His many previous books include Christ and Reconciliation, Trinity and Revelation, Creation and Humanity, and Spirit and Salvation, which respectively comprise the first four volumes in A Constructive Christian Theology for the Pluralistic World.
Beauty and holiness are both highly significant subjects in the Bible. In this comprehensive study of Christian fine art David Lyle Jeffrey explores the relationship between beauty and holiness as he integrates aesthetic perspectives from the ancient Hebrew Scriptures through Augustine, Aquinas, and Kant down to contemporary philosophers of art.
From the walls of the Roman catacombs to the paintings of Marc Chagall, visual art in the West has consistently drawn its most profound and generative inspiration from biblical narrative and imagery. Jeffrey guides readers through this artistic tradition from the second century to the twenty-first, astutely pointing out its relationship not only to the biblical sources but also to related expressions in liturgy and historical theology.
A beautiful book in every sense, this is not a narrative or stylistic history of art. Rather, it seeks to illuminate a cultural, theological, and spiritual trajectory for Christian art in the West over the last two millennia. Writing with the heart of a Celtic poet and the clarity of a classical pedagogue, David Lyle Jeffrey explores the paradox, celebrated and lamented in literature and the arts across the ages, that while mortal beauty arouses an infinite longing, it is itself finite.
—Michelle P. Brown, University of London
David Lyle Jeffrey is Distinguished Professor of Literature and the Humanities at Baylor University, Waco, Texas, and an eminent authority on the Bible, art, and culture. His previous books include People of the Book: Christian Identity and Literary Culture.
Into All the World—the third volume from editors Mark Harding and Alanna Nobbs on the content and social setting of the New Testament—brings together a team of eminent Australian scholars in ancient history, New Testament, and the early church to take the story of Christianity into the Jewish and Greco- Roman world of the first century.
In thirteen chapters, the contributors discuss all the post- Pauline New Testament writings, devoting attention to both their content and their context. They examine the impact of the growth of the church on both Jews and Gentiles, exploring issues such as the diaspora, minorities, the Book of Acts, and the Fourth Gospel. The book then proceeds to a discussion of the impact of Christianity on the Roman state, including consideration of the book of Revelation and the imperial cult. A final chapter investigates how the church was perceived by Clement of Rome at the end of the first century.
Mark Harding is the former dean of the Australian College of Theology and an honorary associate of Macquarie University.
Alanna Nobbs is professor of ancient history and deputy director of the Ancient Cultures Research Centre at Macquarie University and coeditor of The Content and Setting of the Gospel Tradition.
The culmination of a lifetime of work on the Gospel of John, William Loader’s Jesus in John’s Gospel explores the Fourth Gospel as a whole, focusing on ways in which attention to the structure of Christology in John allows for greater understanding of Johannine themes and helps resolve long-standing interpretive impasses.
Following an introductory examination of the profound influence of Rudolf Bultmann on Johannine studies, Loader takes up the central interpretive issues and debates surrounding Johannine Christology and explores the death of Jesus and the salvation event in John. With an exhaustive bibliography and careful, well-articulated conclusions that take into account the latest research on John, this volume will be useful to scholars and students alike.
William Loader is professor emeritus of New Testament at Murdoch University, Perth, Australia. He has written several books on sexuality in early Judaism and Christianity, including Philo, Josephus, and the Testaments on Sexuality; The Pseudepigrapha on Sexuality; The Dead Sea Scrolls on Sexuality; and Enoch, Levi, and Jubilees on Sexuality.
Ever since its original publication in 2003, Glen Stassen and David Gushee’s Kingdom Ethics has offered students, pastors, and other readers an outstanding framework for Christian ethical thought, one that is solidly rooted in Scripture, especially Jesus's teachings in the Sermon on the Mount.
This substantially revised edition of Kingdom Ethics features enhanced and updated treatments of all major contemporary ethical issues. David Gushee’s revisions include updated data and examples, a more global perspective, more gender-inclusive language, a clearer focus on methodology, discussion questions added
Freshly conceived, newly organized, carefully explicit about both method and the complexity of concrete moral judgments, this book exemplifies what we all want evangelical Christian ethics to be — centered on Jesus, deeply grounded in Scripture, and attentive to emerging issues and new concerns as God's people seek to discern the shape of a life lived in faithful response to the in-breaking kingdom.
—Sondra Wheeler, Wesley Theological Seminary
Glen H. Stassen (1936–2014) served as the Lewis B. Smedes Professor of Christian Ethics at Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California. His other books include Living the Sermon on the Mount and Just Peacemaking.
In Lifting Hearts to the Lord Karin Maag brings together a wealth of primary sources to examine worship as it was taught and practiced in John Calvin’s Geneva. Enhanced with Maag’s introductions and numerous marginal notes, this volume covers the period from 1541 to 1564, capturing both Calvin’s signal contribution to Reformation worship and the voices of ordinary Genevans as they navigated—and fought about—changes in their worship.
Karin Maag’s work on Calvin’s theology and practice of worship is as readable as it is well-researched. Through her translations, she returns Calvin’s own voice to a variety of topics. Readers are treated to a fine history, plus a well-rounded collection of Calvin’s own thought and texts, along with assessments by his contemporaries. The liturgical landscape could hardly be better painted than it is in this superb work!
—David W. Hall, Midway Presbyterian Church, Powder Springs, GA
Karin Maag is director of the H. Henry Meeter Center for Calvin Studies at Calvin College and Calvin Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, Michigan, and professor of history at Calvin College.
How might a distinctively Pentecostal and charismatic theological perspective inform and enrich the discourse of academic practical theology? In order to address that question, Mark Cartledge in this book probes the relationship between Scripture, experience, and the Holy Spirit by means of the concept of mediation, that is, how the divine is experienced in the world.
An expert in both Pentecostal theology and practical theology, Cartledge offers a unique intervention into practical theology through the lens of the Holy Spirit. He presents an original reading of Pentecost and the Spirit-reception texts in the book of Acts and engages with current literature in both Pentecostal studies and practical theology. Further, Cartledge places his whole discussion within a broader Protestant theological framework, and he interrogates an existing congregational study to provide a real-life example of theological intervention.
This book is a stellar contribution to practical theology and Pentecostal studies, two fields that are increasingly important in world Christianity. Anyone who wants to know what is going on at the very cutting edge of contemporary Christian faith should read this book
—Richard R. Osmer, Princeton Theological Seminary
Mark J. Cartledge is professor of practical theology at Regent University School of Divinity. He is also the author of Practical Theology: Charismatic and Empirical Perspectives and Encountering the Spirit: The Charismatic Tradition.
American Christians today, says Michael Barram, have a significant blind spot when it comes to economic matters in the Bible. In this book Barram reads biblical texts related to matters of money, wealth, and poverty through a missional lens, showing how they function to transform our economic reasoning. Barram searches for insight into God’s purposes for economic justice by exploring what it might look like to think and act in life-giving ways in the face of contemporary economic orthodoxies. The Bible repeatedly tells us how to treat the poor and marginalized, Barram says, and faithful Christians cannot but reflect carefully and concretely on such concerns.
Written in an accessible style, this biblically rooted study reflects years of research and teaching on social and economic justice in the Bible and will prove useful for lay readers, preachers, teachers, students, and scholars.
In this uncommonly urgent book Michael Barram aims at nothing less than a shift of lens through which we read Scripture. . . . Barram’s compelling study is a wake-up call and a summons away from the pseudo-gospel of self-indulgence at the expense of the more vulnerable in the neighborhood.
—Walter Brueggemann, from the foreword
Michael Barram is professor of theology and religious studies at Saint Mary's College of California. A leading scholar of missional hermeneutics, he is also the author of Mission and Moral Reflection in Paul.
This refreshingly accessible introduction to Karl Barth by Mark Galli takes readers on a whirlwind tour of the life and writings of this giant of twentieth-century theology. Galli pays special attention to themes and topics of concern for contemporary evangelicals, who may need Barth’s acute critique as much as early-twentieth-century liberals did—and for surprisingly similar reasons.
Karl Barth, greatest theologian of the modern age, has had a mixed reception from evangelicals. Mark Galli here gives all of us the introduction to Barth that we’ve needed. This book is a wonderful contribution to both a better understanding of Karl Barth and a more fully evangelical practice of the Christian faith.
—William H. Willimon, author of Conversations with Barth on Preaching
Mark Galli is editor in chief at Christianity Today and the author of many books, including Jesus Mean and Wild: The Unexpected Love of an Untamable God; Beyond Bells and Smells: The Wonder and Power of Christian Liturgy; and Beautiful Orthodoxy: The Goodness, Truth, and Beauty of Life in Christ.
Prominent Barth scholar George Hunsinger presents 15 essays on Karl Barth’s understanding of Christian doctrine across a wide spectrum of topics, concluding with suggestions as to how Barth’s theology might fruitfully be retrieved for the future.
Hunsinger discusses Barth’s view on such subjects as the Trinity, creation, natural theology, Christology, justification, and time and eternity. As he delves into Barth’s theological substance, Hunsinger highlights ways in which Barth’s work was evangelical, Catholic, and Reformed—illuminating the ecumenical aspects of his thought. No other volume explains Barth’s views on this range of topics with such scope, depth, and clarity.
Hunsinger skillfully places Barth in relationship to other major positions that shape contemporary theological discourse. While these essays can be read individually, together they comprise a kind of systematic theology that begins with the Trinity, moves to revelation, and continues with issues related to Christology, salvation, eschatology, justification, sanctification, and theological anthropology. Hunsinger’s evaluations are fair and judicious, and his proposals open lines of reflection that other theologians will wish to explore.
—John Burgess, James Henry Snowden Professor of Systematic Theology, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary
George Hunsinger is McCord Professor of Systematic Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary and the recipient of the 2010 Karl Barth Prize from the Union of Evangelical Churches in Germany. He is also author of Reading Barth with Charity: A Hermeneutical Proposal, Thy Word Is Truth: Barth on Scripture, For the Sake of the World, Torture Is a Moral Issue, and Disruptive Grace.
Swiss theologian Karl Barth traveled to the United States only once during his long career. In 1962, newly retired, he came to visit family and to deliver a series of lectures subsequently published (by Eerdmans) as Evangelical Theology: An Introduction, which remains in print and widely read to this day.
Besides recounting interesting and poignant biographical details about Barth’s two-month journey through the States, the authors of this book revisit central themes in Barth’s mature theology and explore the theological and ethical significance of his Evangelical Theology.
Even more, the distinguished scholars contributing to this volume assess contemporary North American theology and show how Barth’s Evangelical Theology remains as bracing, powerful, and relevant today as it was 50 years ago.
In 1962 Karl Barth made his one and only visit to the United States. The thoughtful and insightful essays in this volume reflect upon the importance of that visit, and they further the North American conversation with Barth’s theology that continues to this day. Moreover, they give evidence that the reverberations of Barth's visit have not been exhausted and provide reason to believe that his theology may have yet more to contribute to the American ecclesial experience of our time.
—Kimlyn J. Bender, George W. Truett Theological Seminary, Baylor University
A delightful volume. . . . The authors use Karl Barth’s only visit to the United States as a springboard to inspire a range of historical, theological, ethical, contextual, and current reflections. The result is a welcome series of polished, considered, insightful contributions to Barth studies in particular and to contemporary theology in general. Even more, the reader is inspired to take up anew the works of Barth. Highly recommended.
—Paul T. Nimmo, chair in systematic theology, University of Aberdeen
From Barth's real but seldom-acknowledged affinities with Bultmann’s and Schleiermacher’s thought, to his 1962 travels across the United States and his relations to American academic theologians (Benjamin B. Warfield and John A. Mackay) and major Christian figures (Martin Luther King Jr.) . . . a highly commendable collection of essays by both seasoned and younger scholars.
—Christophe Chalamet, professor of systematic theology, University of Geneva
Clifford B. Anderson is the director for scholarly communications in the Vanderbilt University Library.
Bruce L. McCormack is Charles Hodge Professor of Systematic Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary.
Few people realize that Karl Barth, one of the twentieth century’s greatest Protestant theologians, was among a select group of non-Catholic guests invited to the Second Vatican Council (1962–1965) to assist in the reform and renewal of the Roman Catholic Church. In Reforming Rome, Donald Norwood offers the first book-length study of Barth’s involvement with Vatican II and his significant impact on the reform of the Catholic Church.
Norwood examines Barth’s critical engagement with the Roman Catholic Church from his time at the (Catholic) University of Münster to his connection with Vatican II, his conversations with Pope Paul VI, and seminars and interviews he gave about the Council afterward. On the basis of extensive research, Norwood amplifies Barth’s own very brief account of Vatican II.
Barth himself often felt that he was better understood by Roman Catholics such as Hans Küng, Hans Urs von Balthasar, and Joseph Ratzinger than he was by his own Reformed colleagues. This study, written by a fellow Reformed theologian, helps us to see why.
The fruit of a lifetime of ecumenical engagement, Norwood’s careful and admirably comprehensive study captures the enthusiasm for ecumenical study at the deepest theological level that Barth poured into his engagement with the council in meetings, seminars, and addresses.
—George M. Newlands, emeritus professor of divinity, University of Glasgow
Donald W. Norwood is a United Reformed Church minister currently engaged in ecumenical research in Oxford, England. A longtime participant in ecumenical affairs, he has also served three congregations in Windsor, Oxford, and Bournemouth and been area tutor in applied theology for Westminster College, Oxford.
How Jewish was Karl Barth? This provocative question by David Novak opens Karl Barth, the Jews, and Judaism—a volume that brings together nine eminent Jewish and Christian theologians reflecting on a crucial aspect of Barth’s thought and legacy. These scholarly essays not only make a noteworthy contribution to Barth studies but also demonstrate creative possibilities for building positive Jewish-Christian relations without theological compromise.
George Hunsinger hosts an all-star cast of theologians and scholars modeling serious and respectful interreligious encounter at the highest levels. This is an impressive volume, an indispensable addition to the curriculum of seminaries and study circles alike.
—Elliot Ratzman, Lawrence University
George Hunsinger is McCord Professor of Systematic Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary and the recipient of the 2010 Karl Barth Prize from the Union of Evangelical Churches in Germany. His previous books include Thy Word Is Truth: Barth on Scripture and Evangelical, Catholic, and Reformed: Doctrinal Essays on Barth and Related Themes.
Many texts in the New Testament do more than simply explain the main tenets of the Christian faith; they invite believers to imagine and experience their theological claims. In Not with Wisdom of Words Gary Selby shows how biblical authors used poetic, imaginative language to inspire their audiences to experience a heightened sense of God's presence.
Focusing on units of poetic rhetoric in the New Testament that activate the holistic nature of faith, Selby exhibits rhetorical interpretation that considers more how texts transform rather than what they mean. By visioning, performing, rhapsodizing, uniting, encountering, and activating exchange in community, New Testament texts fill human consciousness with visual images, emotions, dispositions, and convictions that habitually (or "liturgically") compel the hearer to participate in nurturing, loving ways even in contexts of despair. An excellent contribution on the forefront of rhetorical interpretation.
—Vernon K. Robbins, Emory University
Gary Selby is professor of communication at Pepperdine University. He has a PhD in public communication from the University of Maryland and a Masters of Theology from the Harding University Graduate School of Religion. Gary Selby is interested in rhetorical theory and criticism, public address, and especially, in the role that communication plays in effective public and organizational leadership. His research interests range from religious communication and religion and politics, to discourses related to racial conflict in American history.
Douglas Campbell has made a name for himself as one of Paul’s most insightful and provocative interpreters. In this short and spirited book Campbell introduces readers to the apostle he has studied in depth over his scholarly career. Enter with Campbell into Paul’s world, relive the story of Paul’s action-packed ministry, and follow the development of Paul’s thought throughout both his physical and his spiritual travels.
Ideal for students, individual readers, and study groups, Paul: An Apostle’s Journey dramatically recounts the life of one of early Christianity’s most fascinating figures—and offers powerful insight into his mind and his influential message.
Quite simply outstanding, accessible to those with little theological education yet packed with enough depth to keep an experienced reader engrossed. . . . Campbell’s exegetical skill and theological erudition are here joined by a remarkable pastoral and even prophetic depth, which confronts us with the phenomenon of Paul in a unique way.
— Chris Tilling, St. Mellitus College
Douglas A. Campbell is a professor of New Testament at Duke Divinity School who is known for studies of Paul's writings that command the respect of scholars worldwide, including Framing Paul: An Epistolary Biography and The Deliverance of God: An Apocalyptic Rereading of Justification in Paul.
In this book Susan Grove Eastman presents a fresh and innovative exploration of Paul's participatory theology in conversation with both ancient and contemporary conceptions of the self. Juxtaposing Paul, ancient philosophers, and modern theorists of the person, Eastman opens up a conversation that illuminates Paul's thought in new ways and brings his voice into current debates about personhood.
Eastman devotes close attention to the Pauline letters within their first-century context, particularly the Greco-Roman fascination with questions of performance and identity. At the same time, she draws out connections to recent trends in psychology and neurobiology in order to situate Paul's insights in deep dialogue with contemporary understandings of human identity.
This book does give us rich new insight into Paul and well-conceived language with which to communicate his theology effectively today. That is a precious gift indeed.
—John Barclay, Lightfoot Professor of Divinity Durham University
Susan Grove Eastman is associate research professor of New Testament at Duke Divinity School and the author of Recovering Paul's Mother Tongue: Language and Theology in Galatians.
Christian preaching obviously entails the sermon, but in reality it involves much more. Preaching happens when the entire assembly, the worshiping congregation, gathers to speak and sing, pray and listen, eat and drink, bless and baptize. Preaching at root is a dynamic event that is best captured not in adjectives but in adverbs.
In Preaching Adverbially Russell Mitman shows how eleven select adverbs—biblically, contextually, invitationally, doxologically, and others—serve to identify what essentially happens in Christian preaching. Each chapter draws on scriptural paradigms, liturgical and musical forms, the insights of scholars and teachers, and the author's own rich experience. Mitman's purpose is for these adverbs to become practical, revitalizing guides for all who are called to proclaim the Word of God within the framework of Christian worship.
F. Russell Mitman has served as a parish pastor and as conference minister for the Pennsylvania Southeast Conference of the United Church of Christ. He is the author of several books on preaching and worship, including Worship in the Shape of Scripture.
Though well-known and oft-repeated, the advice to read the Bible “like any other book” fails to acknowledge that different books call for different kinds of reading. The voice of Scripture summons readers to hear and respond to its words as divine address. Not everyone chooses to read the Bible on those terms, but in Reading Sacred Scripture Stephen and Martin Westerholm (father and son) invite their readers to engage seriously with a dozen major Bible interpreters—ranging from the second century to the twentieth—who have been attentive to Scripture’s voice.
After expertly setting forth pertinent background context in two initial chapters, the Westerholms devote a separate chapter to each interpreter, exploring how these key Christian thinkers each understood Scripture and how it should be read. Though differing widely in their approaches to the text and its interpretation, these twelve select interpreters all insisted that the Bible is like no other book and should be read accordingly.
These theologically astute studies of some major interpreters of the Bible, classical and modern, are written with easy grace, clarity, and erudition lightly worn. This volume provides a fine account of Christian thought on the nature and reading of Scripture.
—John Webster, University of St. Andrews
Martin Westerholm is lecturer in systematic theology at Durham University, England, and author of The Ordering of the Christian Mind: Karl Barth and Theological Rationality.
Stephen Westerholm is professor of early Christianity at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario.
Wolterstorff puts forward a proposal for a distinctly Christian approach to education, one that expands the teaching-learning process within the context of the covenant faith community. He challenges Christian scholars to think seriously about how to integrate faith, reason, science, and philosophy together in how we approach educating ourselves and the next generation.
Expanding on his 1976 study of the bearing of Christian faith on the practice of scholarship, Wolterstorff has added a substantial new section on the role of faith in the decisions scholars make about their choice of subject matter.
A marvelous essay that pulls faith and reason together
Nicholas Wolterstorff is Noah Porter Professor Emeritus of Philosophical Theology at Yale University. Before going to Yale he was professor of philosophy at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan for thirty years. Among is other books are Art in Action and Lament for a Son.
It is widely believed that there is something transcendent about the arts, that they can awaken a profound sense of awe, wonder, and mystery, of something “beyond” this world. Many argue that this opens up fruitful opportunities for conversation with those who may have no use for conventional forms of Christianity.
Jeremy Begbie—a leading voice on theology and the arts—in this book employs a biblical, trinitarian imagination to show how Christian involvement in the arts can (and should) be shaped by a vision of God’s transcendence revealed in the person of Jesus Christ. After critiquing some current writing on the subject, he goes on to offer rich resources to help readers engage constructively with the contemporary cultural moment even as they bear witness to the otherness and uncontainability of the triune God of love.
Jeremy Begbie has been a central and seminal figure in the recent revolution in theology and the arts. Begbie’s argument here, both learned and lucid, is that only when we allow for a more explicitly biblical and Trinitarian vision of God will the vague claims for transcendence in the arts begin to make sense. This book will challenge and illuminate the whole field.
— N. T. Wright, University of St. Andrews
Jeremy S. Begbie is Thomas A. Langford Research Professor of Theology at Duke Divinity School, founding director of the Duke Initiatives in Theology and the Arts, and senior member at Wolfson College, Cambridge. A professionally trained musician, he has also written Voicing Creation's Praise: Towards a Theology of the Arts and Resounding Truth: Christian Wisdom in the World of Music.
In this book Billings shows how a renewed theology and practice of the Lord’s Supper can lead Christians to rediscover the full richness and depth of the gospel. With an eye for helping congregations move beyond common reductions of the gospel, he develops a vibrant, biblical, and distinctly Reformed sacramental theology and explores how it might apply within a variety of church contexts, from Baptist to Presbyterian, nondenominational to Anglican.
At once strikingly new and deeply traditional, Remembrance, Communion, and Hope will surprise and challenge readers, inspiring them to a new understanding of—and appreciation for—the embodied, Christ-disclosing drama of the Lord’s Supper.
Todd Billings is one of our leading interpreters of John Calvin. He has given us here a superb study of Eucharistic theology in the Reformed tradition. A call to think deeply about what it means to encounter Jesus Christ in Word and sacrament.
—Timothy George, Beeson Divinity School, Samford University
J. Todd Billings is Gordon H. Girod Research Professor of Reformed Theology at Western Theological Seminary in Holland, Michigan, and an ordained minister in the Reformed Church in America. His other books include Calvin, Participation, and the Gift (winner of a 2009 John Templeton Award for Theological Promise), The Word of God for the People of God, and Rejoicing in Lament.
Too few Christians today, says Joshua Jipp, understand hospitality to strangers and the marginalized as an essential part of the church's identity. In this book Jipp argues that God's relationship to his people is fundamentally an act of hospitality to strangers, and that divine and human hospitality together are thus at the very heart of Christian faith.
Jipp first provides a thorough interpretation of the major biblical texts related to the practice of hospitality to strangers, considering especially how these texts portray Christ as the divine host who extends God's welcome to all people. Jipp then invites readers to consider how God's hospitality sets the pattern for human hospitality, offering suggestions on how the practice of welcoming strangers can guide the church in its engagement with current social challenges, such as immigration, incarceration, racism, and more.
In this remarkable study Joshua Jipp shows that extending hospitality to outcasts and strangers is at the heart of biblical faith. As he moves from biblical exegesis to an analysis of our present moment, Jipp argues passionately that the practice of unconditional welcome is central to salvation and therefore requisite for Christians. No message could be more urgent today.
—Jennifer M. McBride, author of Radical Discipleship: A Liturgical Politics of the Gospel
Joshua W. Jipp is assistant professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.
One view that perennially springs up among biblical scholars is that Paul was the inventor of Christianity, or that Paul introduced the idea of a divine Christ to a church that earlier had simply followed the ethical teaching of a human Jesus. In this book Jerry Sumney responds to that claim by examining how, in reality, Paul drew on what the church already believed and confessed about Jesus.
As he explores how Paul’s theology relates to that of the broader early church, Sumney identifies where in the Christian tradition distinctive theological claims about Christ, his death, the nature of salvation, and eschatology first seem to appear. Without diminishing significant differences, Sumney describes what common traditions and beliefs various branches of the early church shared and compares them to Paul’s thought. Sumney interacts directly with arguments made by those who claim Paul as the inventor of Christianity and approaches the questions raised by that claim in a fresh way.
Jerry L. Sumney is professor of biblical studies at Lexington Theological Seminary. His previous books include Paul: Apostle and Fellow Traveler and The Bible: An Introduction, now in its second edition.
Stories with Intent offers pastors and students a comprehensive and accessible guide to Jesus’ parables. Klyne Snodgrass explores in vivid detail the historical context in which these stories were told, the part they played in Jesus’ overall message, and the ways in which they have been interpreted in the church and the academy. Snodgrass begins by surveying the primary issues in parables interpretation and providing an overview of other parables—often neglected in the discussion—from the Old Testament, Jewish writings, and the Greco-Roman world. He then groups the more important parables of Jesus thematically and offers a comprehensive treatment of each, exploring both background and significance for today. This tenth anniversary edition includes a substantial new chapter that surveys developments in the interpretation of parables since the book’s original 2008 publication.
Here in one volume is the latest and best interpretation of the parables of Jesus. This book is sure to be received as a fine resource for engaging proclamation of the parables.
—William H. Willimon
Klyne R. Snodgrass is professor emeritus of New Testament at North Park Theological Seminary, Chicago, Illinois. His other books include The Parable of the Wicked Tenants, Between Two Truths: Living with Biblical Tensions, and the NIV Application Commentary volume on Ephesians. The first edition of his Stories with Intent won the 2009 Christianity Today Book Award for Biblical Studies.
This book by Ephraim Radner constitutes the first significant theological account of the foundations and methods of the figural reading of Scripture. Radner’s reintroduces contemporary scholars to a traditional approach to biblical interpretation that dates back to Jewish practice from before the time of Jesus. Figural interpretation continued in prominence through the early church, the Middle Ages, and into the early modern period before it was forcefully rejected with the rise of historical criticism.
Embracing “spiritual” and “allegorical” ways of understanding the Bible, figural reading once offered a broad approach to reading Scripture—an approach that Radner here engages through a foundational theological lens. Radner first uncovers the theological presuppositions of figural reading, historically and philosophically, focusing especially on the Christian understanding of time and the divine. He then moves from the theoretical to the concrete, looking at examples of how figural reading of the Bible gives rise to specific doctrinal claims about God and showing how it can still fruitfully inform Christian teaching and preaching today. The book concludes with four sample figural sermons from across the centuries.
Ephraim Radner, whose significance and brilliance in contemporary Anglicanism becomes ever more apparent, here deepens and develops his proposal for the right reading of Scripture as rooted in a right reading of God—the Creator God who in Christ shows himself to be utterly sovereign over created time. . . . The range of Radner's reading is dazzling, as is his re-visioning of the doctrine of the divine ideas to insist that Christians must read and live history figurally, through the eternal Word manifested in Scripture as Love.
—Matthew Levering, Mundelein Seminary
Ephraim Radner is professor of historical theology at Wycliffe College, University of Toronto, and an ordained Anglican priest with extensive pastoral experience in various contexts. Active in ecumenical affairs, he has written several books on ecclesiology and biblical hermeneutics, including The End of the Church: A Pneumatology of Christian Division in the West, the Brazos Theological Commentary volume on Leviticus, and A Brutal Unity: The Spiritual Politics of the Christian Church.
What vision of biblical authority arises from Scripture’s own use of Scripture? This question has received surprisingly little attention from theologians seeking to develop a comprehensive doctrine of Scripture. Today When You Hear His Voice by Gregory W. Lee fills this gap by listening carefully to the Epistle to the Hebrews.
Lee illuminates the unique way that Hebrews appropriates Old Testament texts as he considers the theological relationship between salvation history and scriptural interpretation. He illustrates these dynamics through extended treatments of Augustine and Calvin, whose contrasting perspectives on the covenants, Israel, and the literal and figural senses provide theological categories for appreciating how Hebrews innovatively presents Scripture as God’s direct address in the contemporary moment.
Greg Lee here makes a significant integrative contribution to discussions about the theological interpretation of Scripture by comparing and contrasting three Christian readings of the Old Testament: Augustine, Calvin, and the Epistle to the Hebrews. The result is an important proposal about biblical authority and interpretation that carries considerable ecumenical and interdisciplinary promise. Lee’s suggestion regarding the literal sense allows Protestants to lie down with Roman Catholics, and systematic theologians with biblical exegetes.
—Kevin Vanhoozer, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
Gregory W. Leeis assistant professor of theology at Wheaton College and senior fellow at the Wheaton Center for Early Christian Studies.
In the tradition of The First Urban Christians by Wayne Meeks, this book explores the relationship between the earliest Christians and the city environment. Experts in classics, early Christianity, and human geography analyze the growth, development, and self-understanding of the early Christian movement in urban settings.
The book’s contributors first look at how the urban physical, cultural, and social environments of the ancient Mediterranean basin affected the ways in which early Christianity progressed. They then turn to how the earliest Christians thought and theologized in their engagement with cities. With a rich variety of expertise and scholarship, The Urban World and the First Christians is an important contribution to the understanding of early Christianity.
David W.J. Gill is professor of archaeological heritage and director of heritage futures at the University of Suffolk.
Paul R. Trebilco is professor of New Testament studies at the University of Otago, New Zealand.
Steve Walton is professor in New Testament at St. Mary’s University, Twickenham, UK.
Woman Wisdom in Proverbs 9 invites any who want to learn her ways to come and eat at her table—an image for the rich and satisfying teaching that she offers. In this book Barbara Reid invites readers to this feast, drawing on women’s wisdom to offer fresh new interpretations of biblical texts in a way that promotes equal dignity and value for women and men alike.
Reid begins by presenting feminist methods of biblical interpretation and explaining why they are important, giving attention not only to gender perspectives but also to race, class, and culture as determinative factors in how one understands the biblical text. She then presents fresh, readable feminist interpretations of selected Old and New Testament texts. Each chapter concludes with discussion questions for group or personal use. Making feminist interpretation of Scripture understandable, compelling, and usable, Wisdom’s Feast will be valuable to any readers hungry to learn from the rich insights of feminist biblical scholars.
Attentive to issues of gender, race, ability, and class, aware of the earth and all who inhabit it, historically informed and pastorally relevant, Barbara Reid’s volume provides readers—especially those who have been hurt by uninformed interpretations that seek to limit the divine word and that offer cold judgment rather than warm compassion—with essential sustenance.
—Amy-Jill Levine, Vanderbilt University
Barbara E. Reid is vice president, academic dean, and professor of New Testament studies at Catholic Theological Union, Chicago, and a Dominican Sister of Grand Rapids. Her previous books include Taking Up the Cross: New Testament Interpretation through Latina and Feminist Eyes.